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Animal magnetism—always a deception

From the October 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Whether true or apocryphal , the story goes that a famous Russian general named Grigory Potemkin erected fake settlements along Empress Catherine the Great’s route to the Crimea for the purpose of deceiving and impressing her when she visited the region in 1787. Down through the years, the phrase “Potemkin village” has come to mean an appearance designed to deceive—a façade behind which there is no reality.